Greek Gods and Goddesses
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APHRODITE was the great Olympian goddess of beauty, love, pleasure and and procreation.
HERMES was the great Olympian God of animal husbandry, roads, travel, hospitality, heralds, diplomacy, trade, thievery, language, writing, persuasion, cunning wiles, athletic contests, gymnasiums, astronomy, and astrology. He was also the personal agent and herald of Zeus , the king of the gods. Hermes was depicted as either a handsome and athletic, beardless youth, or as an older bearded man.
DIONYSOS (or Dionysus) was the great Olympian god of wine, vegetation, pleasure and festivity.
Hephaestus were the great patrons both of the useful and elegant arts. Hence she is called erganê (Paus. i. 24. § 3), and later writers make her the goddess of all widom, knowledge, and art, and represent her as sitting on the right hand side of her father Zeus, and supporting him with her counsel.
ARES was the great Olympian god of war, battlelust, civil order and manly courage.
HEPHAISTOS was the great Olympian god of fire, metalworking, stonemasonry and the art of sculpture. He was usually depicted as a bearded man holding hammer and tongs--the tools of a smith--and riding a donkey. Some of the more famous myths featuring the god include:--
Various names and epithets which are given to Apollo, especially by later writers, such as akesios, akestôr, alexikakos, sôtêr, apotropaios, epikourios, iatromantis, and others, are descriptive of this power.
ARTEMIS was the great Olympian goddess of hunting, wilderness and wild animals.
HESTIA was the virgin goddess of the hearth (both private and municipal) and the home. As the goddess of the family hearth she also presided over the cooking of bread and the preparation of the family meal.
POSEIDON (Poseidôn), the god of the Mediterranean sea.
Her character, as described by Homer, is not of a very amiable kind, and its main features are jealousy, obstinacy, and a quarrelling disposition, which sometimes makes her own husband tremble (i. 522, 536, 561, v. 892.)
In the meantime Cronos by a cunning device of Ge or Metis was made to bring up the children he had swallowed, and first of all the stone, which was afterwards set up by Zeus at Delphi. The young god now delivered the Cyclopes from the bonds with which they had been fettered by Cronos, and they in their gratitude provided him with thunder and lightning.
HAIDES (Aides, Aidoneus, or Hades) was the King of the Underworld, the god of death and the dead.
PERSEPHONE was the goddess queen of the underworld, wife of the god Haides .